Life with a Baby: 10 Months



Well, I guess it’s true what I’ve heard – as the baby becomes more active it becomes increasingly harder to find the time to write down all of these milestones! Would you believe that I don’t have one note written in this Google document from the past month? Luckily, I have been writing the major stuff down in her One Line A Day book, so I’m going to pull from that (and my memory, even if it’s a bit foggy) to talk about this past month!

Oh what a month it has been! I have to say we’ve seen more change and development this month than any month prior. It’s really been exciting. I love witnessing it. I said to Eric that this is hands down my favourite month so far (and it has even included teething, so that tells you something!).

About that teething. Well, teething hasn’t been as dramatic (yet) as I imagined it to be. I pictured Adriana up in the night screaming for hours on end, but so far we’ve only had a couple nights where she’s cried more than usual. Of course, this could all change. She cut her first two bottom teeth the same week, and it looks like the others are following closely! I wonder if the top teeth will be more painful than the bottom teeth just because they are larger? Also, can I just say how stinkin’ cute baby teeth are? Her smile is just beyond.

I have to talk about feeding because we’ve seen a huge improvement since last month’s report. I had mentioned how much we were struggling with feeding her solids and purees. I felt pretty discouraged, especially when a lot of my friends have babies that inhale their food. Adriana was just not interested for the most part. When she was around 7-8 months, we tried Baby Led Weaning, but she didn’t show any interest and she had a really bad gag reflex so that freaked us out a bit. So we stuck with purees, but she never showed much interest in them at all. She didn’t seem to like being spoon fed and always tried to whip the spoon out of our hand, hah. So at around 9 months, I decided to give BLW another shot. For the first week, she still gagged a lot (not the same as choking, as I learned) and she still seemed on the fence with this whole eating business. But after a week or so, she started to get SO excited when we fed her and the gagging virtually stopped. Now after about 4 weeks of doing BLW (3 times a day) she has done a complete 180 with her eating. We give her everything from steamed vegetables to avocado to tofu to our own meals (such as lentil stew or quinoa salad) and I don’t hold back with adding flavor with spices like cumin, paprika, etc. Every meal is different and we are having a BALL introducing all kinds of new foods to her. I never thought it would be this fun. Now when we put her in her highchair, she screams with excitement knowing that it’s feeding time! It makes me so happy. She still doesn’t swallow everything yet (she loves to chew the food up and spit some of it out…silly girl), but I can tell from her diapers that she is getting much more than I thought. Once we got over the whole messy aspect of BLW, we enjoyed it much more. I’ve realized you just have to accept that each meal will be a mess and not worry about giving them messy foods, such as a lentil stew, hummus, hemp hearts, etc. Maybe I should write a whole post on BLW because this could get long. I’m still nursing on demand, so I feed her upon waking and then we usually do mealtime an hour or so after she’s been nursed so she’s worked up her appetite again. Seems to work well. I’ve heard that it’s common for toddlers to go through a picky food stage, so I’m sure this will change at some point! I’m going to enjoy it while it lasts! haha.

Her sleep continues to improve, with the occasional “off” night or week. We’ve slept through the night a handful of times so far which is encouraging. She is still usually feeding once in the night, but now it’s often not until 4:30-5am – so she is going a long stretch overnight most of the time. It’s been encouraging to see her sleep improve overtime. The biggest thing we’re still struggling with is her bedtime. She still fights it lately and often won’t fall asleep until 9pm some nights. We’re just going with the flow right now. Summer just seems a bit more relaxed these days. As for napping, she’s in a consistent 2-naps-a-day routine with a morning nap that starts 2 hours after waking (and lasts an hour), and an afternoon nap about 3 hours after her morning nap (which ranges from 1-1.5 hours). Once in a while she’ll go on a nap strike, but for the most part it’s predictable which has been so great for me getting work done, even though the bulk of my work is still done in the evening.

Her fast army crawl is transitioning into a full out crawl this month. It’s so cute watching her put the pieces together as she learns new skills. She was doing all these planks and downward dogs one week, and this week she’s all about getting into the crawl position and raising her arms up to grab things. She isn’t standing yet, but I’m in no rush! She’s also become so much more interactive this month. Her baby talk is progressing a lot and she’s in this new “monkey see, monkey do” phase where she loves to imitate us.

We took her swimming for the first time at our friend’s pool the other week. She was cutting her first tooth that day, so she was not a happy camper and cried a lot (understandably so). We took her back the next week and she was much happier and really seemed to love the water! She’s still warming up to her pool canopy, but the second attempt went much better than the first.

I can’t believe Adriana is turning 1 in less than 2 months! I’ve just started to think about her birthday party and I’ve been testing some cakes for her first birthday cake. So excited for the cake smash! We’re currently debating whether we will photograph the cake smash on our own, or hire our newborn photographer to do it. I think I’m going to book a 1-year family photo session because I want to get into the habit of having yearly photographs taken. It’ll be crazy to compare her newborn photoshoot to her 1 year old photoshoot. I might bawl!

I’m just feeling so grateful that I get to be her mama. It’s hard to put into words just how much she’s changed my life for the better. I’m so thankful every day that she is happy and healthy. <3

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1 OSGMOM July 26, 2015

Awe I started tearing up at the end of the post! I’m so incredibly happy that she is in your life and doing so well. I miss you both more than words can say. And as I always say — enjoy these moments and soak them up! She’s a doll and you’re an amazing Mama xo


2 Angela July 26, 2015

Aww we miss you too Mimi! And we can’t wait for you to visit in September!! What a ball (oops I almost wrote bawl! haha) we will have.


3 Jyo July 26, 2015

As usual it’s nice and refreshing to read your baby posts…can you please post some of the receipes that you are giving Adriana …that would be so helpful for mums like me who are still struggling with solid food feedings.. My son is 9 months and he hates purée food like anything and BLW I am quickly running out of options for vegetarian finger foods which are healthy.. If it’s feeding time it is sort of battle for my little one poor baby … I feel so guilty and stressed out for not making right foods that he likes … Please do write about BLW and also any tips that would help my baby to eat solids again…


4 Jessica July 27, 2015

Love the baby updates! When the day finally comes for us, I’ll definitely enjoy rereading these posts again. :)


5 Katrina July 27, 2015

Oh, I’d love a post on BLW! I went with purees with my first two but decided to skip that with my third and am trying BLW. Some days it’s just a lot of work.

My first two were always sick with teething. My 6.5 month old is just now cutting his first tooth and seems absolutely fine. Molars are a different game altogether and I’m not looking forward to them.


6 Addie July 27, 2015

Yes, please do a post on BLW!


7 Katherine July 27, 2015

I love these updates so much!! :)

A post about BLW would be awesome.


8 Claire July 27, 2015

Would love a post on BLW!!!


9 Kristina July 27, 2015

Completely agree with the ladies above me: would LOVE a full post on BLW!

And yeah… the bithdays can get a bit emotional. I cried when my daughter turned 1 and keep shedding a tear each year on her birthday :)


Kristina in Sweden.


10 Angela July 27, 2015

awww my sis was just telling me she did this each birthday. That’ll be me no doubt, haha.


11 Tiffany27 July 27, 2015

I personally would love some sort of post on BLW. I think it’s an awesome idea and I would love to try it.


12 Angela July 27, 2015

Ok sounds like the vote is in! :) I’m definitely no expert on BLW but I will try to write on our experience anyway!


13 neha July 27, 2015

She is so cute! My son is 22 months and till now 7-8 month was my favorite and then the 20 month mark. Even now its so entertaining at 22 months. They say the funniest things. I was teaching him to say “stop” if someone pushes him at day care, and the other day I asked him for a kiss, and he said “mumma, stop”! I was rolling with laughter for a minute :D


14 Anna Lee July 27, 2015

I love love LOVE your updates! Keep ’em coming. (: BLW sounds messy but incredibly worth-while. I’m all for a full post on it!


15 Amanda July 28, 2015

Hi, Angela, good to hear from you both!! Our Gabriela turned 10 month on last saturday and this last month was indeed incredible!! Love to you all!!


16 Emma {Emma's Little Kitchen} July 31, 2015

BLW is so fun! I’ve decided that as long as its not a choking hazard, he should have the option to explore it. So far his favourite thing was steamed cauliflower dipped into daal. I love seeing him delight in all these new experiences :)


17 Somer July 31, 2015

For our first born our friend had her camera on her (she is a professional) and she took so many pictures! I was so happy to have her there so I could just enjoy the time and be in the pictures. That way, everyone can relax, enjoy, mingle, etc. without having to worry about getting images. I’d so go for it.


18 danielle July 31, 2015

My son is 11 months and did the same thing–didn’t have any interest in food until about 10 months. We tried every day from 6 months on, and then one day, he got it! He’s now so excited to eat. His favorites so far have been fennel and smoked trout!
Would love to see your post on BLW, and would also LOVE to see you recipe for a smash cake. The first bday is coming up soon for us, and I was actually just on your site searching through cake recipes–I’m really excited to see what you’ll make!


19 Katie D. July 31, 2015

Love the baby update! I have loved your blog for the recipes for a long time but the baby updates always make me smile :D I was just wondering if you were ever thinking of doing an update on how your perspective of being a mom has changed since becoming one. I know in the early posts you mentioned how nervous you were and how you were concerned about doing a good job which I think is normal. Do you still have the same level of concern or do you feel you worry about different things now? Do you think parenting comes naturally or is it something people have to work at? Is there any resource that has been consistently helpful for reassuring you? Thanks for taking the time to update us!!


20 Christine August 4, 2015

Have you considered transitioning to 1 nap? I know it’s early, but my son transitioned at 9 months (daycare did it and I was so mad…at first). He was fighting bedtime too and the 2 naps and second nap of the day were just too much sleep and he wasn’t ready at bedtime. We transitioned to one glorious 2.5-3 hour mid-day nap and bedtime became so much easier. The one nap is great – you can plan a morning outing and afternoon outing with much needed (and typically long) break in the middle. Life got awesome with the one nap. Now he’s 2.5 and still taking one nap. It’s usually 1.5-2 hours now but we are starting to find that the 2 hour nap really effects bedtime. Last night he didn’t fall asleep until 9:45!!!! We cut them short on the weekend but can’t control daycare so we deal with it. Some days he doesn’t nap at all and goes to bed by 7:30. Anyways – it’s just a thought. :) You may love your schedule and not mind the bedtime struggle too much. For us, the bedtime struggle was awful and so the transition made a big difference.

Also would LOVE a BLW post. Ours didn’t eat purees either – I started and was so excited at 6 months after making all my own and he rejected everything. I wish I had tried again the way you did with BLW after reading this. Next time!!!! I’ll be prepared :)


21 Kelsey August 5, 2015

I too started tearing up when I read the end of that post. I have been following your entire journey from pregnancy to now and I feel so lucky that you have shared with us all. Yesterday I found out that I am expecting my first child and an initial panic set in like “will I be able to do this?!” Reading your experiences really helps to reassure me that everything is going to work out just the way it should. Thanks Angela for everything, your blog has in many ways helped to change my life for the better.


22 Jasmine August 6, 2015

Congratulations! Yes, you CAN :)


23 Jasmine August 6, 2015

Our babies are just about the same age it seems! (Our daughter is 10.5 months, 22 Sept 2014)

It is such a relief to hear that our sleep woes aren’t uncommon. I’ve read from you, and elsewhere, that it’s just a thing. They’re learning to crawl, cruise, talk, and eventually walk… all while teething. So I’m trying to be understanding but holy cow, it can be exhausting and frustrating that’s for sure.

Glad to hear things are improving for you and that you’re able to get some work done.

It’s intense, suddenly they’re these little beings that you can laugh with and teach things too. So much changes over a month or two! It’s so much fun but definitely the hardest of jobs out there too.

Best wishes!


24 Sara August 7, 2015

Sleep is coming! My little girl FINALLY started sleeping through the night just last month….at 13 months old. You’re in the home stretch! Pretty soon 4:30 am turns into 5:00 and so on. Until one morning you realize you’re sleeping like a human being again. It’s beautiful thing.


25 Val August 7, 2015

So glad things are working out with trying new foods.
I like to use the term ” nursing” because it sound snugglier than “feedings” I would unwittingly think my baby was a milk vampire and resent my sleep being interrupted!
Right now, my baby (17 mos.) thinks doing summersaults while nursing is just awesome. Hopefully, someone will invent a sling for those of us whose nipples got stretched out to our belly buttons. Or, a special pocket in our bra cups….just kidding! Not really…..


26 Linda August 10, 2015

Don’t know if you’ve heard this before, but my daughter jots down a quick word or two about her three kids right on the big calendar on the fridge. It’s handy, and she can do it quickly before she forgets. Then she saves the calendars and she has all the cute things they’ve said or done right there on the calendar. Every year she makes a photo book and includes all the milestones or funny things they’ve said or done at the back. The calendar keeps the dates all straight. It works for her and she’s a working Mum too!

And none of my business, but I would encourage your little sweetie to continue to nap twice a day. She’s very young to go to one nap – and even if it seems she doesn’t really want to nap at times, I think you’ll be glad later that you did! A tired baby is not a happy baby.


27 AGS August 11, 2015

So glad to hear she is excited at mealtimes. That’s fun!

As for sleeping – I would encourage you to remember again that all babies and families are different. I still have baby 3 in the room with us at 8 months, and it’s just fine. Baby 2 was out at 6 months, and baby 1 around 9 months. They all slept differently. Baby 1 was the hardest to get into a routine (he was about a year before it was easy to put him down). Baby 2 was the easiest (naturally conked out with no coaxing at 5 months). Baby 3 is gradually improving on her own (we have off and on nights). I did similar things with all of them, and tried different things with all of them aaaaaaaaaaaand: they all just had to figure it out to a degree on their own. Also, I did not find reducing naps equated to better sleep, though you can try it – each child is different.

I think that in our highly structured world filled with averages and expected milestones, we forget that we don’t have that much control over our children. We are big on routine and discipline (and I’m a very goal oriented person myself), but at the end of the day, you are raising a woman – and many of her traits are already set – and shining through. That’s what makes it so fun.


28 Jenn August 12, 2015

Hey! Have been loving your blog several years, and have been loving your baby posts since I have a little boy just a month or so older than your bubba! LOVE BLW, we have been doing it since 6 months….has been amazingly successful! Was hoping that (in all your spare time;) you mite throw up some baby snack recipes – ie sugar free baby bars, etc!

Keep loving every minute of this crazy journey!


29 Eszter August 13, 2015

Thank you for the lovely website and recipes! I’m vegan, and love making your recipes for friends and family. Have you concidered getting Adriana a teething necklace? It seems like your little girl is in a lot of pain. Maybe this would bring you all relief. If you are interested check out:


30 Tina August 15, 2015

I’m really interested in a healthy recipe for a smash cake. My granddaughter is turning one at beginning of Sept. and am looking for a healthy recipe that we won’t mind her eating.
Really enjoy your blog and can’t wait for your new book.


31 Shauna August 17, 2015

Have you figured out what type of milk you will feed your little one after her 1st birthday? I am so overwhelmed by the options. Any insight would be greatly appreciated!


32 Meike August 20, 2015

Soooo cute.
Really great article :)



33 Nicole W August 20, 2015

The op teeth aren’t worse, really, than the bottom ones…it is the canine (cuspid) teeth that seem to be the worst, followed by molars. That said, my munchkins didn’t really even notice their teeth coming in other than the canines. Homeopathy helps with teething :)


34 Jennifer September 9, 2015

TEETHING NECKLACE! Best $20 I ever spent. My son cut his first two teeth at once and it was miserable for everyone. I would have tried snake charming if I thought it would ease the pain – but the teething necklace was like Novocain! Highly recommend.

Love your site.


35 Sabrina October 12, 2015

Hey Angela, I also vote for a BLW post !
My baby is turning 10 month next week and we have been struggling with feeding… I have been discouraged of what to serve her and how to do so… tried blw about 1-2 times a day in the last month and all we get is a mess. She plays with her food and won’t eat much. She gets hungry in between meals. Did I mention the mess ? Terrible ! Hah.

All that to say is that I would love to read your experience and have some ideas on what to feed her.


36 hello November 1, 2015

awesome! I am glad that I found your blog.. its going to be first in my bookmarks :)


37 Jones January 5, 2016

I am searching this type of superb blog for me. Now, I have got it. Thanks.


38 Irene January 17, 2016

Please do a BLW post? that would be awesome!! My little guy is 8 months and I love hearing your stories. I am so scared of choking and I am having a hard time figuring out how and what to give him to eat. Hopefully you can do a post about BLW soon :)


39 Caroline February 7, 2016

Hi Angela! I came upon your blog by my father’s recommendation: “this is the best website and the best cookbook” and then I got hooked on your story and all the pictures. At this time, I JUST HAVE TO KNOW – after hearing so many struggles with vegan parents – are you raising your daughter vegan? several pediatricians I’ve heard do NOT condone vegan diet for infants, what is your take on this? I’m trying to decide what I would do when my mama time comes.


40 Baby Bottle March 14, 2016

So glad to hear she is excited at mealtimes. That’s fun!


41 Lindsay August 7, 2016

Hi Angela (and anyone else who’d like to share),

Which recipes from the book/blog are your favourite for BLW? I’m looking for things that won’t be too difficult for my twin girls (10 months) to pick up and get to their mouths.

They are pretty adventurous and will eat most anything I give them.

Thanks in advance!


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